Funding Agencies

Starting with the preparation of the pilot calls in 2012 funding agencies joined forces to develop a framework for cooperation and joint calls. This resulted in the establishment of the Funding Agencies Working Group (FAWG), a platform for funding agencies that meet regularly to discuss the implementation of ongoing calls, the development of future calls and the improvement of framework conditions to meet the requirements of the SRIA and JPI Urban Europe.

This platform now provides the basis for setting up and implementing the JPI Urban Europe calls and developing additional alignment activities. The FAWG is involved in project monitoring, reflection and improvement of instruments and framework conditions.

More than 35 funding agencies are currently active in the FAWG, exchanging on urban research and innovation programmes, implementing joint calls and designing a transnational framework for urban research and innovation. Even without a formal membership funding agencies are highly welcome to join the working group.

The funding agencies

There are 37 funding agencies involved in the FAWG.

Country Organisation Contacts
Austria Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) Johannes Bockstefl
  Austrian Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility and Technology (BMK) Hans-Günther Schwarz
Belgium Innoviris Beata Bibrowska
  Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO) Toon Monbaliu
  Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO) Veerle Desmet
  Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) Joel Groeneveld
  Research Wallonia Ministry for Public Service (SPW) Julie Jasmes
julie.jasmes@spw.wallonie.beThierry Lemoine
Bulgarien Bulgarian national Science Fund (BNSF) Georgi Vayssilov
Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation (RIF) Dimosthenis Perikleous
Denmark Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD)
Estonia Estonian Research Council (ETAG) Ülle Napa
Finland Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES) Illmari Absetz
  Academy of Finland (AKA) Risto Vilkko
France French National Research Agency (ANR) Pascal Bain
Germany Project Management Jülich (PTJ) Evelyn Echeverria
  German Aerospace Centre – Project Management Agency (DLR) Michaela Thorn
Italy Italian Ministry for Education, Universities and Research (MIUR) Aldo Covello
Lithuania Research Council of Lithuania (LMT) Asta Aleksandraviciene
Latvia State Education Development Agency Republic of Latvia (VIAA) Uldis Berkis
Moldova Moldovan Agency for Innovation and Technology Transfer (AITT) Larisa Cojusneanu
The Netherlands The Dutch Research Council (NWO) Melanie Neijts
Norway The Research Council of Norway (RCN) Mari SolerØd
Poland National Science Centre (NCN) Alicja Dyląg
Portugal Portuguese national funding Agency for Science, Research and Technology (FCT) Luis Mota
  Regional Fund for Science and Technology oft he Azores Regional Government (FRCT) Natalia Silva
Romania Executive Agency for Higher Education, Research, Development and Innovation Funding (UEFISCDI) Elena Simion
  The National Authority for Scientific Research (ANCS) Viorel Vulturescu
Slovenia Slovenian Research Agency (ARRS) Ursa Novak
Spain State Research Agency (AEI) Juan Climent
  Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) Joaquin Serrano
Sweden Vinnova Maria Johansson
  Formas – The Swedish Research Counsil Johan Hägglöf
  Swedish Energy Agency (SWEA) Emina Pasic
Turkey The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBITAK) Serhat Melik Yildirim
United Kingdom Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Eva Spain
  Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Eira Hughes
  Innovate UK James Taplin




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